#5 Nurture community

  1. Independent businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are committed to investing in Portland’s future. Studies have found that locally owned businesses contribute more than twice as much of their revenue to charitable causes as corporate chains do. And advocates of local causes find that local business owners are generally much more accessible than executives of large corporations based in other states. 3
  2. 3 Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Friends of Midcoast Maine, “The Economic Impact of Locally Owned Businesses vs. Chains: A Case Study in Midcoast Maine,” Sept. 2003; Patricia Frishkoff, Business Contributions to Community Service, Small Business Administration, 1991.
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